2012-04-05 E-Edition

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Dog Day Afternoon

Auditor will examine water district billing error

Overcharge in the amount of $500,000

Triunfo Sanitation District voted 4-1 to have an independent auditor examine some of the district’s flawed billing procedures. Director Steve Iceland voted against the audit, which is a response to a recent error in billing for recycled water. On March 8, Ventura Regional Sanitation District informed Triunfo officials that Sherwood Country Club had been overcharged for the water by about […]

Agoura budget still at mercy of redevelopment

The California’s sluggish economy persists, but the City of Agoura Hills says its budget remains fit. At a March 28 budget meeting, officials discussed future city goals and how to dissolve Agoura’s 23-year-old redevelopment agency. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation last year that abolished California’s redevelopment agencies. “Much of it is in flux right now,” said City Manager Greg Ramirez, […]

Bozajian ends term as mayor, Maurer next

At a government reorganization meeting on March 28, the Calabasas community applauded Mayor James Bozajian for his role in steering city hall through a year fraught with challenges. A deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County, Bozajian joined the city in 1997. Last week he concluded his fourth term at the helm of the City Council. The mayor led the […]

Excessive radiation still at field lab

Despite past efforts to clean up the site, an independent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study found that high levels of radioactive contamination still exist in the soil at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory north of Oak Park. “It’s good news in that they found it and they are going to clean it up. It would be better if they found […]

We see the glass half full

I t’s not time to break out the balloons and party favors just yet. The recession, while clearly approaching its midnight hour, isn’t quite over. But at least the local economists are no longer seeing the glass half empty. They see it as half full. Last week, two of the top forecasters in the state painted a semioptimistic view of […]

True pet lover

Thank God for people like Lisa Friedman, who recounted her positive experience adopting two Pomeranians from the Agoura Shelter. Lisa exemplifies the model for a good pet guardian. Too many people do think of dogs and cats as disposable items. We live in a disposable society . . . use and toss out . . . why not animals? The […]

Illegals and their drivers licenses

What’s with LAPD? I have noticed a disturbing trend lately. The latest misstep by local law enforcement is a policy described by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck as “simply leveling the playing field.” The policy I’m referring to is one in which the LAPD will soon begin to ignore a California state law which requires police to impound the […]

Autistic needs

Special needs individuals are being ignored at the Calabasas City library. The staff persistently refuses to reserve the study rooms to enable autistic children to meet with their teachers or tutors. According to the librarian, autistic individuals should stand in line and wait for the room on a first come, first served basis. They cannot sit down somewhere while they […]